Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to consolidate knowledge of the weather from class.By making observations and committing to a prediction, it should help you see how weather systems evolve over time. It will also give you a first pass at video making, which will help with the final projects.
We ask that you refrain from looking up weather conditions and predictions for the period when you are making observations and predictions. Often local observations will be more accurate than the ones found on website. Read more about Weather Forecasting
In Law and American Society, Professor Terry Aladjem sends out an email following each class with information about the next week's class and a link to supplementary materials. Read more about Weekly Class Email
In Hazel Pearson's sophomore tutorial for Linguistics, each student writes a summary of the material covered in a single week of the course. The instructor reviews the summary for edits/clarifications and then posts it to the course website. Read more about Weekly Summaries by Students
In his freshman seminar "What is College and What is it For?," Dr. Paul Barreira uses an icebreaker that lets students know that there are no right answers and that students should feel comfortable sharing their experiences. Read more about Why are you here? icebreaker
For the third paper of the semester, Jerusha Achterberg has her students do small-group workshops where they read and provide feedback for each other in groups of 2-3. Read more about Workshop Conferences
Dr. Michael Heller created this project for a World Music Class for International Students taught at University of Massachusetts, Boston. Students were encouraged to develop traditional academic skills and new media skills in this World Music YouTube Culture Show Project, by incorporating written word, public speaking, and storytelling tools like Zeega, Powerpoint, or Meograph in this project.
In Systems Biology 200, a graduate level class with some undergraduates enrolled, one of the skills that students learn is how to simulate molecular processes in biology by writing Monte Carlo simulations (the Doob-Gillespie algorithm). Read more about Writing Stochastic Simulations
In her Expos section, Jerusha Achterberg teaches how to clearly describe the methods that will be used in a subsequent paper. This activity was motivated by the fact that students were having trouble writing the methods section in their final paper proposals. Read more about Writing the Methods Section